Medical Commerce, Physician Entrepreneurialism, and Conflicts of Interest

Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Forthcoming

Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 07-17

12 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2007

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Marc A. Rodwin

Suffolk University Law School; Harvard University - Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

Abstract

Is medical commerce a recent phenomenon? Does it distort the patient-physician relationship? Are investor-owned firms the main source of medical commercialism? The author contends that medicine has generally been commerce in the United States, that commerce is a problem when it creates or worsens physicians' conflicts of interest, and that these conflicts thrive in non-profit organizations as well as in investor-owned firms. This article provides a historical sketch to show that physician entrepreneurialism, rather than commerce generally, is the main source of physicians' conflicts of interest.

Suggested Citation

Rodwin, Marc A., Medical Commerce, Physician Entrepreneurialism, and Conflicts of Interest. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Forthcoming, Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 07-17, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=969439

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